After selling my motorcycle a year and 1/2 ago (Triumph Sprint ST), I was really wanting another toy. I had been driving a 1999 Ford Ranger for the last 10 years. I starting scanning CL and local auto traders, and then I started on the wife. She gave the green light and I decided to sell the Ranger, kick in 2 thousand out of my own pocket, and replace it with a Jeep.
I have not owned a Wrangler since college. Back in 1992 I had a new Base model. I was not into mods back then, but I did install wheel spacers, 16" alloy saw blade rims and some pretty cool tires. I wheeled it all over the campus property, along with some pretty late night field/country adventures, one involving almost losing the Jeep (literally) via water.....lol
I got really lucky and stumbled upon a YJ only 3 miles from work. I purchased this 1995 YJ from a local small used car dealership here in Charlotte. He acquired the Jeep via a trade in from a large parent car dealership (this is where he acquires most of his vehicles).
I went with the YJ because it's cheap (fit my budget), indestructible, and most important - SIMPLE
I test drove it, engine was solid, no knocks or leaks (that I could see). Transmission was solid, all gears shifted with no problems. All 4X4 gears worked. Rear brakes were bad. Frame was solid. No rust other than surface under the drivers side floor mat. Jeep had body damage, most noticeable along passenger side + door. I am assuming it happening via wheeling it hard (tree damage it looked like). Most important is that he had just had it NC inspected, AND the soft top was in excellent condition. I would not have the Ranger, and this Jeep had to be a DD for me at least 3 days out of the week.
I made a cash offer, he accepted, and the Jeep was mine.
What the Jeep had when I purchased it:
2" body lift
3.5" Black Diamond spring lift kit
Skyjacker Hydro 7000 shocks + steering stabilizer
American Racing AR-767 rims
Remington MUD BRUTE 33" tires (with a fairly decent amount of tread)